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Difference Between Children’s Tylenol and Infants Tylenol

What are Children’s and Infant’s Tylenol?

The brand name medication Tylenol has a generic name called Acetaminophen, made by McNeil Consumer. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a pain reliever for very mild to moderate pain, like backaches, fevers, toothaches, headaches and muscles aches.

It is a safe drug when used correctly for a wide variety of problems. But extremely high dosage can make a child very sick. So, there is a difference in Tylenol form meant for infants and children. When your kid gets a fever, you may start worrying about which fever reducer or pain reliever to give your child. There exists a difference between Infant Tylenol and Children’s Tylenol, and it is very important to understand the difference to avoid overdosing.


Children’s Tylenol

The less concentrated 160 milligrams per 5 millilitre version has been marketed for children. some manufacturers altered the concentration of liquid Tylenol for infants to the same concentration as the liquid Tylenol marketed to children. Children’s Tylenol is dosed every 4-6 hours. Rectal suppositories of Tylenol are available for kids who have trouble taking the medication by mouth or cannot keep medicines down due to vomiting.  If the child is sensitive to dyes, use a dye-free category of acetaminophen.


Infant’s Tylenol

Until recently, liquid Tylenol (acetaminophen) marketed for infants was available only in the stronger 80 milligrams per 1 millilitre or 80 milligrams per 0.8 millilitre concentrations that do not require giving infants as much liquid medicine with each dose.

The new, less concentrated 160 milligrams per 5 millilitre liquid acetaminophen for infants has new dosage instructions and may have a new dosing device in the box, such as oral syringe than a dropper.


Difference between Children’s and Infant’s Tylenol


Children’s Tylenol

Children’s Tylenol is intended for kids between the ages of 2 and 11. Children’s Tylenol can also safely be given to younger kids if they weigh more than twenty-four pounds.

Infant’s Tylenol

Infant Tylenol is intended for children under 2 years old.

Acetaminophen Dosages by Weight

Children’s Tylenol

(4-5 years children) – 1½ teaspoons (7.5 ml)

(11-year-old children) – 3 teaspoons (15 ml)

Infant’s Tylenol

6 – 11 lbs (zero – 3 months old infant) – Ask the doctor (usually 2.5 ml)

12 – 17 lbs (4-11-month-old infant) – Ask your doctor (usually 3.75 ml)

18-23 lbs (12 – 23-month-old infant) – Ask your doctor (usually 4.5 ml)

What types of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) are available?

Children’s Tylenol

For children, the medicine is available in liquid suspensions (oral form) and also chewable tablets. Chewable tablets are best for children who are 6 years of age and older.

Infant’s Tylenol

Infants’ Tylenol is available in concentrated drops (80 mg/1 ml)

Purpose of Differences

Children’s Tylenol

Older kids know how to use forks and spoons, the medicine dosage makes it easier to measure on any teaspoon in the kitchen.

Infant’s Tylenol

Infant Tylenol packs the similar pain-reliving punch into a tiny amount of fluid to make it easier to ensure that all the medication makes it into baby’s system.

Flavour options

Children’s Tylenol

Children’s Tylenol come in cherry, bubble gum and strawberry grape and dye-free cherry flavours

Infant’s Tylenol

Infant Tylenol come in cherry, grape and dye-free cherry flavours.


Summary of Children’s vs. Infant’s Tylenol

Currently, store shelves and your medicine/drug cabinet may have both the new and old infant acetaminophen (Tylenol) concentrations available. Here is how it is possible for you to distinguish each of them. The points of difference between Children’s and infant’s Tylenol have been summarized below:

Comparison Table for Children’s and Infant’s Tylenol


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